Portsmouth Umoja Festival 2018

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28th Annual Umoja Festival
Friday, May 25, 2018 – 5:15 PM-9:45 PM
Portsmouth Pavilion & Festival Park
16 Crawford Circle
Portsmouth, VA 23704

Portsmouth’s Annual African-American Culture and Heritage Festival will be held Friday, May 25, 2018 from 5:15 PM to 9:45 PM at Portsmouth Pavilion & Festival Park.

The Umoja Festival entertainment is a unique combination of contemporary and ancient art forms. Ethnic foods, a marketplace of sculptures, paintings, prints, baskets, quilts and other assorted hand-crafted wares contribute to the ambiance of the Festival.

Nationally acclaimed musical guests perform jazz, reggae, gospel, and rhythm and blues. A children’s area will feature games, crafts, and workshops with origins in several African countries. The Festival’s closing activity features a gospel jubilee of musical talents from throughout Hampton Roads.

The Red Cross, Sickle Cell Anemia, PRIDE in Parenting and other social service organizations will offer exhibits to educate Festival participants about programs available in the community.

Admission to the festival is free.

The Umoja Festival links the citizenry of Portsmouth to the continent of Africa by a common thread of rhythm, culture and values, and shares this experience with thousands of Festival participants from diverse communities across the nation, thus providing true to the Festival’s theme of unity in the family, community, and nation.

source: City of Portsmouth